As you know, I’m in Honolulu right now, and yes, it’s awesome. Jesse and I are staying in a studio room at the Royal Garden at Waikiki, a Wyndham Vacation Resort. We have a partial kitchen with a sink, refrigerator, microwave, dishes, etc. I thought we’d have a stove, but since it’s just a studio, we don’t. The rooms with 1+ bedroom have full kitchens though. Regardless, it didn’t stop me from buying a dozen local eggs during our stop at Whole Foods the other day. We went there to get snacks and food for breakfasts to save on eating out all the time. It was fun seeing all the different regional produce and local products there. Most everything that’s imported from the mainland is pricier than usual. For example, GT’s Synergy Kombucha is $4.79 per bottle plus tax. Some places in Portland sell GT’s for $2.99, and we don’t have sales tax, so $4.79 just seemed way too steep!
Anyway, back to the eggs. I had a plan to cook them and it consisted of heating up water in the coffee pot and pouring it over the eggs to hard cook (hard boil) them. I placed the eggs in a large Pyrex bowl, covered them with hot water that ran through the coffee maker, placed a lid over the bowl and let the eggs sit for about 20 minutes (I know there’s a way of cooking eggs similarly on the stove, so that’s what I was going for). Afterward, I gently cracked an egg at one end and peaked in to find … uncooked egg. Boo, my plan did not work. Inside, the egg was frothy and not even remotely close to being done. Even though I knew eggs (in shell) explode in the microwave, I proceeded to put the egg in the microwave anyway. Since it had a little hole at the end, I thought it’d maybe be okay. I placed it inside of a cup with a little water and 25 seconds later, BOOM! It exploded all over the microwave, although some of it stayed intact in the cup. Luckily, the egg that stayed in the cup was completely cooked and looked fine, so I ate it. It was really unwise on my part to put it in the microwave in the first place. Duh! I should have taken a photo of the mess, but it was such a stupid act, that I didn’t.
Since my original plan failed, I needed a different way to cook my eggs. I learned that eggs cook in the microwave just fine when cracked into a dish, sans the shell. I cracked two eggs into a mug, added salt and pepper and microwaved for 1.5 – 2 minutes at 50% power. It worked great! I haven’t had any problems with the egg sticking to the mug, but it’d still be better if I had some coconut oil or butter to grease the mug, mainly for flavor. I didn’t want to buy butter or oil though, knowing I probably wouldn’t use it all in time.
So, the next time you’re traveling and want to save on eating breakfast out, buy a carton of eggs and cook them in the microwave (if you have a microwave at your hotel, that is). Cheap, fuss-free and easy.